Lee Ranger is one of three Okanagan Golf Club pros raising funds today for ALS. -Image: Contributed

Kelowna threesome on course for ALS

Lee Ranger, Ryan Desharnais and Connor Kozak raising awareness for ALS at Okanagan Golf Club

Fellow pros Lee Ranger, Ryan Desharnais and Connor Kozak are putting their golfing stamina to the test today at the Okanagan Golf Club.

The threesome is in the process of playing as many holes as possible to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of B.C.

The Okanagan Golf Club is one of 36 courses across B.C. participating in the 12th Annual PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS.

“On behalf of the Association, I am extremely excited for the PGA of BC’s decade of participation with Golfathon for ALS, benefiting the ALS Society of BC patient services,” said Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director of the PGA of BC. “In our 11 years of involvement, the efforts of our members have generated over $1.3 million. We have also assisted the tens of thousands of individuals in British Columbia affected by this deadly disease.

“I am confident that with the continued support of our members, 2017 will be the most successful PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS to date.”

“As an avid golfer, I couldn’t get to the tee box quick enough to become a part of the hugely successful PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS as its Ambassador,” said Global News BC sports anchor Jay Janower. “My friend’s mom is battling ALS so raising funds for patient services is near to my heart. Let’s unite and get behind the PGA of BC and it’s dedicated professionals. Thank you for your support..”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers.